After the president signed the 2018 Farm Bill, a lot of people (especially CBDusers) began asking questions regarding the purchase and use of CBDand hemp-derived products. More specifically, CBDusers were asking questions like: if you buy hemp productsbefore traveling, can you carry it on US flights? How much CBD are you allowed to bring? And can you cross boarders?
Those are just a few of the questions that users are asking since CBDwas made legal on a federal level. This article will answer some of the popular questions about using CBDand traveling with CBD.
What are the reasons for carrying CBD when flying?
There are many reasons some travelers need or bring Cannabidiol (CBD) products when flying.
Aside from its potential as an antidepressant, CBD also has properties that can aid in relieving anxiety, pain, and insomnia. Therefore, some travelers buy CBDproducts that they can use during trips to lessen their discomfort (and sometimes fear) when flying at high altitudes.
Individuals who are too busy with work also tend to use CBDto help them relax, especially during business trips or long haul flights.
How does CBD work?
CBDinteracts with the body's endocannabinoid system, or ECS, which is responsible for keeping the body balanced. It affects other functions such as appetite, hormones, immune response, mood, and pain.
Unlike THC, which is known for its psychoactive properties, CBD allows users to feel more relaxed once it is introduced to the body.
Those who are afraid of heights or those who are scared of flying in general use CBD to lessen their fear or anxiety. This helps in making the flight more comfortable, if not enjoyable, for the traveler.
Can you carry CBD on US flights?
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD users are now allowed to bring CBD products onboard US flights. Users may also bring CBD and hemp-derived products such as beverages, health products, and CBD hemp oilas long as they comply with the requirements of the airports/airlines, especially for liquid products.
Note that only hemp-derived CBD products (containing no more than 0.3% THC) are considered federally legal. Carrying products that contain more than 0.3% THC onboard may not be allowed because it is classified as marijuana by the government. Unlike the use and purchase of CBD, the use of marijuana has not been legalized in all 50 states. Because of this, users must be cautious when buying hemp-derived products, especially if they are planning on taking these products during their trips to different states.
What products can you take on onboard US flights and across boarders?
CBDusers can bring almost any CBD productsonboard and across boarders including (but not limited to) beverages, pet snacks, supplements, health products, and CBD oil.
When carrying liquids, be sure to use tightly sealed containers to avoid leaks. It helps if you check the requirements (e.g. amount of liquid allowed, ideal container size) of the airline you’re flying with to avoid spending too much time on luggage inspections and getting in trouble with airport authorities. When it comes to boarders just make sure your under the limit for personal use.
As much as possible, opt for solid products when traveling. If not, use small containers for liquid products. Most airports and airlines only allow up to 3.4 ounces or 100 ml for liquid products and these containers must be sealed properly and should be packed.
Important notes to remember when bringing CBD products on trips:
- It is federally legal to buy and consume hemp-derived CBD products in all 50 states. However, products with more than 0.3% THC are not allowed since they are considered illegal on a federal level. Airports are considered federal properties. Therefore, it is illegal to carry CBD products that contain more than 0.3% THC
- The government classifies hemp as any plant from the cannabis family that contains no more than 0.3% THC; marijuana as any plant from the cannabis family that contains more than 0.3% THC.
- Medical marijuana is only allowed in certain states. Therefore, you may be required to present proof such as a medical marijuana card if caught by authorities. The best way to avoid this is by not carrying marijuana at all.